Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lone Star - Part 1

It's the first Saturday of the month, so that means it's Lone Star Quilt Along time! Quilt Sue of Quilt Times is our hostess this month. You can check out what is happening on her blog to see what she is doing as well as check out the linky for what others have been up to with their Lone Star projects.

I've got my strips cut (sort of) for the Lone Start quilt.  What do I mean by sort of, well that will become evident later in my post.  First of all I have to say I had to make one change in my fabrics.  When I started to iron all the fabric and I came to the purple botanical marble fabric as I unfolded it I discovered  that I had used some of the fabric for a previous applique project and there wasn't enough of it.  So I replaced it with a purple hand dyed batik that I had in similar tones. Here are the two fabrics, the first being the botanical marble and the second the hand dyed batik.

Once I had my strips cut I decided it might be a good idea to put a set of the strips up on my design wall to make sure that the colours all flowed well  based on my original plan.  Here is what it looks like and I don't know if you see it, but the two darker purples in the middle appear to be in the wrong order.  The hand dyed batik is actually reading darker that the purple with the metallic gold dots.  I have something called a "ruby beholder" which allows you to view fabric as values by masking their colours and when I used this tool sure enough the purple hand dyed batik is darker than the purple with the metallic gold dots. For more information on this tool you can check it out here:

So this is the new arrangement.

Fortunately I have more of the purple with the metallic gold dots and I will need to cut 6 more strips, thus my cutting isn't quite finished.  This will have to wait since I have been fighting a bad head cold for the last couple of days and today will be another rest day to try and get over this bug.


QuiltSue said...

How lucky that you had a substitute fabric.

How lucky too that you decided to put them on your wall to check they worked together. This is going to be one stunning star.

Sorry about the cold, I hope you feel better soon.

Sand and Sunshine said...

I like the change, the new layout looks good.

Needled Mom said...

Those colors are going to be amazing in a Lone Star.

Feel better soon!!! There's a lot of that going around right now.

Jayne said...

Oh my, this is going to be gorgeous! I'm fairly salivating over the intense colors you are using! The switch-out made a big difference! How beautiful this is going to be!
Happy Quilting!

Quilthaze said...

Gorgeous fabrics! I can't wait to see the star. I've also got a bug so know how you feel - enjoy your rest!

hetty said...

I love your layout. This is going to be a stunning Lone Star! I haven't decided if I will join in or not. I have so many pans in the fire, or cooks in the kitchen or whatever the saying is. Yeah, I'll admit it, but only to you Vicki. I signed up for a chain or something quilt. I don't even know the name of it. But they guarenteed I would be able to finish the quilt in one day. We'll see.